Thursday, September 4, 2014

Living in Unreality

I was chatting with a coworker the other day and we started discussing the fact that she is not a fan of Catholicism.

I know, right?

Anyway, she made the typical “I’m spiritual, but not religious” modern nonsensical statement, and added that she doesn’t like Catholicism because she’s a strong feminist and blah blah blah.

I’m not disrespecting her by saying “blah blah blah.” After her statement about being a strong feminist, it was all blah blah blah to me. You see, here’s the problem…

Like most people these days, she’s not seeking Truth. Instead, what she wants is affirmation.

Here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter what you think about the Catholic Church.

Not. One. Bit. 

What matters is whether or not Catholicism is true. Because if it’s not true, then you can discard all of it. And good riddance to such a nuisance!

But if Catholicism is true…

So let’s say that I say I have a blue pen. I write on a piece of paper and you see that the ink is clearly blue. Several people all agree that it is, indeed, a blue pen. I, however, insist it is a black pen.

Am I, in this case, living in reality? No, of course not. The pen is blue, no matter how much I argue to the contrary.

What if the case were reversed, and the ink is black, and I was the only one pointing out that the pen is in fact black? Am I still the one not living in reality? No, of course not! I am the person who is insisting on reality.

So what does this have to do with Catholicism? Well, the Catholic Church believes some… ummm… unpopular… things these days. For instance:

Women cannot be priests. Sex and/or gender are not incidental to culture, and should not be toyed with for the health of the individual/society. Two men, or two women, cannot have anything called a “marriage.” Indeed, any sort of fornication between two of the same sex is an abomination that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. There is a Hell. Ordinary people go there. Contraception is an evil that is destroying families. Men and women have proper roles in the family, and in society. Et al.

You get the picture?

Catholicism is either true, or it isn’t. The Church has a comprehensive view of society and man’s place in it; a view that the Church tells us can be known through reason- not just because "the Bible says..." The Church is correct, or it isn’t. If it is correct, and a person still refuses to believe because they don’t like a particular teaching, that person is living in unreality.

Or the Church is not correct. And then we Catholics are not living in reality. There is no middle ground here.

Someone is living in unreality. 

Society has rejected the principles of the Church, on which it had been built. Said society is now descending into a Dark Age.

So it doesn’t matter what you think. It only matters whether you will live in reality.